The Philippines has joined countries around the world in taking stringent measures to stop the spread of the flu-like coronavirus.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered all transportation hubs to tighten health screenings and implement new quarantine procedures to prevent the spreading of the communicable disease which was first reported in Wuhan, China.
The new virus has already to several Chinese provinces, as well as Korea, Thailand and South Korea.
“Please adopt all measures necessary and expedient to address the issue on coronavirus, considering world developments and the influx of passengers expected this Lunar New Year,” Transporation Secretary Arthur Tugade said
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general Jim Sydiongco said they are continuously coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine to secure airports from the coronavirus.
CAAP is also closely monitoring arriving passengers, especially at the Kalibo International Airport, which has direct flights from Wuhan, China.
Airport personnel were likewise advised to observe precautionary measures such as wearing of face masks, maintaining proper hygiene, and regular handwashing.
“All airlines have been advised to make a standard in-flight announcement prior to landing at MCIA advising passengers experiencing flu-like symptoms to self-declare and voluntarily submit to a medical screening by the Bureau of Quarantine upon disembarkation,” Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. said.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have also taken precautionary measures especially in areas frequently visited by tourists.
Strict passenger screening and safety measures are also in place on the country’s land terminals and railway networks to prevent the entry and spread of the virus.